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Our Postgraduate Researchers' Summer Conference (PRSC) is an annual event for all research students. 

PRSC2024 edition will take place on 3 and 4 July 2024, showcasing the research carried out by researchers across all MDX Faculties, our Collaborative Partner Institutions and our overseas campuses.

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Welcome to Postgraduate Researchers' Summer Conference 2024!

Enriching lives through research

All postgraduate researchers are invited to participate in the Middlesex University Research Students’ Summer conference. This annual conference is dedicated to showcasing the innovative research undertaken by our postgraduate students. Students across all faculties and partner institutions are invited to share their findings as well as their work in progress. The conference is conducted in a friendly and supportive manner to enable students to share work, network, and make connections across disciplines and faculties.

The theme of the conference is ‘Enriching lives through research’.

The Middlesex research community is a diverse and multifaceted one and this event is an golden opportunity to showcase research that is innovative, high-quality, and contributes to a prosperous society that enriches everyone through a multiplicity of ways. A wide range of disciplines are represented in our research community (from computing, to art, design, healthcare, social sciences, psychology, law, to business and more!) and thus this conference provides fertile ground for discussions across and beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. All postgraduate research students should present at the conference. Early stage postgraduate students are especially encouraged to submit a poster or abstract so that they benefit from multiple perspectives on their work in progress.

The Summer Conference this year is chaired by Dr Agi Ryder, Prof Eleonore Kofman and Dr Tuan Le (Programme).

The conference will take place at our Hendon campus in person on 3rd July. To accommodate international and distance learning students the second day, 4th July, will take place exclusively online.

We are inviting submissions in a variety of formats from students at all stages of their studies:

  • Individual paper presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Self-organised symposium
  • Performance
  • Video screening with commentary
  • Workshop

Abstract requirements

You should discuss your abstract with your supervisory team before submission, and it should meet the following requirements:

1. The abstract should be between 200-350 words. A maximum of 350 words will be strictly observed. Any submissions exceeding the word limit will either be rejected or requested a revision.

2. The required information should contain the following sections:

  • Title
  • Author(s)
  • Type of contribution: (a) individual paper; (b) poster; (c) self-organised symposium; (d) performance; (e) video screening with commentary
  • Names of supervisory team
  • Degree start date
  • Stage of research (e.g. registration/stage 1 review, transferred/stage 2 review, writing up if applicable)
  • Department
  • Indicate that the abstract has been reviewed and approved by your supervisory team
  • Indicate whether you wish to participate (a) on campus or (b) virtually (reasons for virtual presentation should be provided). Virtual presentation must be agreed by your supervisor and the conference chairs.
  • 5 keywords/subject areas

Depending on where you are with your research, consider organising your abstract in relation to the following:

  • How your research responds to the conference theme
  • Introduction to provide a rationale for your research
  • Aim(s) of your research
  • Research methods used or planned
  • Current or expected findings and contribution

Additional information

Symposium

Researchers have the option to present their work within a self-organised symposium. This is an opportunity to connect with like-minded researchers and potentially present alongside your supervisor. Please follow the below requirements if submitting a self-organised symposium:

  • Write a brief description of the panel indicating how it addresses the conference theme (the submitting authors of the same panel can share the same description);
  • List all the participants on the panel (this should be 3 or 4 presenters);
  • Declare on your submission that the form of presentation is a symposium.

Advance preparation

Workshops as part of the Researcher Development Programme will be available prior to the conference. These sessions are intended to assist you with preparing your abstract, poster, and presentation. More information will be provided to you via email notifications and in our website.

Students are invited to Chair sessions and training will be provided to help you prepare.

Submitting your abstract

In order to submit your abstract, you will need to register with the Conference Management Toolkit (CMT), which requires your name and university contact email.

Submission closes on Monday, 8 April 2024, 5 pm (UK time).

Your abstract will be reviewed, and you will be notified of the outcome, receive feedback, and follow-up instructions by email (to the account you used to register with CMT).

Key dates

  • Workshops offering support (March - abstract writing, April - May - presentation and poster guidance)
  • Abstract Submission opens: now!
  • Abstract Submission closes: Monday, 8 April 2024, 5 pm (UK time)
  • Confirmation of acceptance: May 2024
  • Conference :  3-4 July 2024

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